You may recognize Muse Watson as the character he played in NCIS, Mike Franks. Franks was a former NCIS special agent and mentor of Leroy Jethro Gibbs on the crime drama.
Dec. 21, East Tennesseans will get an opportunity to see a very different side of the veteran actor of stage, screen and television.
Muse Watson, accompanied by acclaimed pianist Dr. Eric Littleton, will perform I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, an evening of classic Christmas music at the Princess Theater. The performance is part of a benefit presented by the Princess Theater. A Celebration of Christmas Music, a holiday-themed concert, will feature an exhilarating musical experience for the whole family.
Watson and Gary Baker who purchased the Princess Theater a few years ago, restored it to its crown-jewel status in 2010. The Princess Theater, built in 1939, is a performing arts and education center right in the heart of Harriman, Tenn. that includes Channel 15 television station. The stage was more than doubled in size, and the theater was restored back to its 1930s art deco grandeur.
Dr. Eric Littleton who will also perform is a family physician in Sevierville, Tenn. and a native of Harriman. “Eric said we needed a grand piano in the theater. I started pricing them and found out we needed lots of money,” Watson said of the Christmas benefit performance which he hopes will be a sellout.
Watson said his faith has led him to promote a “forgiveness” theme in his Branson show and played a big part in his choices for his Christmas performance at the Princess Theater.
The Princess Theater is located at 421 North Roane Street in Harriman, Tenn. For show and ticket information call (865) 882.8867. Tickets are $10 and will benefit the Princess Theater Foundation. Tickets can also be obtained at Rocky Top General Store in South Harriman, and at the Harriman Jewelry Exchange.
An award winning actor, Muse Watson effortlessly jumped from musical theatre to the big screen to television back to the theatre stage. He recently starred in the critically acclaimed stage production, A Christmas Snow. In November, he was asked to headline the Vets For Vets stage production in honor of our veterans where he sang The Battle Hymn of The Republic.
Watson first gained notice with several strong performances on stage that helped pave the way for a feature film and television career. His diverse roles in “Sommersby,” “Something to Talk About,” “Assassins,” & “Rosewood” brought him mainstream recognition but it was the villainous Ben Willis in the trendy thriller “I Know What You Did Last Summer” films and “From Dusk Till Dawn 2″ that propelled him in the limelight as a chameleonic actor. He made equally impressionable appearances in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and Sundance Film-Festival award-winner “Songcatcher,” challenging himself by playing unique characters. He co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson in the recently released “Meeting Evil “and in the soon to be released horror film, “Compound Fracture,” that stars three of that genre’s most iconic characters, Watson (Ben Willis in “I Know What You Did Last Summer”), Tyler Mane (Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween”), Derek Mears (Jason Vorhees in “Friday the 13th”).
Transitioning to the small screen, Watson delivered stellar performances in several made-for-television movies including “Blind Vengeance” and “Justice in a Small Town”; and the television series, “American Gothic,” “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” “Matlock,” “The Lazarus Man,” “JAG,” “Walker Texas Ranger,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “CSI,” and “The Mentalist.” Going on to land his most notorious TV roles as Mike Franks in the award winning drama “NCIS” and Charles Westmoreland in the Emmy & Golden Globes nominated & People’s Choice Awards – winner “Prison Break”. www.MuseWatson.com
Dr. Eric Littleton, M.D. is a family physician in Sevierville, Tenn.. He is a native of Harriman, Tenn. where he was a football letterman and valedictorian. A graduate of Tennessee Technological University and the University of Tennessee, Memphis, Medical School, he has pursued his love for the piano since he was 6-years-old. Dr. Littleton’s style is simple and molded from nine years of lessons and 45 years of listening. Listening to pianists Floyd Cramer, Roger Williams, Jim Brickman, George Winston, Newell Oler, Dino Kartsonakis, John Bayless, but more importantly, listening to his patients and watching the struggles, fears, illnesses and death that they face. His music is his outlet and his arrangements of hymns, love songs, Christmas music and original pieces reflect the realities of life for a practicing physician: Life isn’t about how many days we live, but how much we appreciate the one we have today. For Dr. Littleton, the music between the notes is often more important than the notes themselves. His music is passionate, drawn from the core belief that music can reach the soul in ways medicine never will. He appears regularly at The Partridge and Pear Restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., churches, and Bed and Breakfasts throughout East Tennessee. He has released four CD’s and is listed on iTunes. For more information on Dr. Littleton visit: www.DrLittleton.com
By Wes Hall